At least a dozen of the 19 Shiv Sena lawmakers have thrown their weight behind Eknath Shinde, according to Shiv Sena insiders . None of these party MPs has publicly stated anything to indicate that they support Shinde .
NASHIK (English): At least a dozen of the 19 Sena lawmakers have thrown their weight behind Eknath Shinde, according to Shiv Sena insiders.None of these party MPs has publicly stated anything to indicate that they support Shinde.But a Sena official said they are behind Shinde because their political future would be more secure if there was an alliance between the BJP and the Shinde group.When contacted, a Sena MP declined to comment, but admitted that the party's relationship with BJP in the past had been smooth, unlike the one with the NCP and Congress.Shrirang Barane, a Shiv Sena MP from Maval, confirmed that he is with the group, but did not confirm his position.I am with Shiv Sena.He said, 'I don't want to make any other remarks.'In the past, at least three MPs have publicly expressed dissatisfaction with the alliance. Because Eknath Shinde is working for the right cause, the MPs are in touch and are behind him.They are all with him, he said over a phone call.The Shiv Sena has 19 members in Lok Sabha and three in Rajya Sabha, including Sanjay Raut and Priyanka Chaturvedi.In the last couple of days, both Raut and Chaturvedi have rallied behind party leader Uddhav Thackeray. ShivSainiks are committed to honour and mutual respect.This basic principle has been broken by those who are desperate for power.The president of the Hon.Party has poured his heart out, it's time to fight.